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Friday, May 6, 2011

The 80s Called... More China Glaze Crackle Glaze!

China Glaze Crackle Glaze Broken Hearted and Crushed Candy, LA Colors Art Deco Blue Glitter, Finger Paints Get Real-ism!

 China Glaze Crackle Glaze Broken Hearted and Crushed Candy, LA Colors Art Deco Blue Glitter, Finger Paints Get Real-ism!

Uh, yeah... I wasn't going for *quite* this look when I created this mani, but thought I'd still share it with you for kicks! :D Not exactly sure where I went wrong but I *think* it was when I added the stripe of blue glitter down the middle of each nail! Lesson... probably not learned! ;)

Anyway, I found while I was wearing this that I kept having to resist the urge to don my 1982 pair of pink and white striped leg warmers (totally true), safety pin the hems of my already-tapered-leg jeans for that über-skinny-leg look (*gag*), throw my hair into a side pony, and grab a friend and head over to the roller rink! Hahahahaha!!! :D And THEN... the 80s called! They said they wanted their mani back! *GASP* ;-D

Although you can't tell because I added that nasty (not in general, just didn't work for this mani) blue glitter down stripe down the middle of each nail, I used scotch tape to create a nice, clean division of each nail vertically so I could easily apply the crackle without it becoming a wavering freehand mess. Once I did the first half I just removed the tape and was able to easily free-hand the other side! It was a breeze! More about scotch tape manis -below!!! Keep reading, please. :)

 China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze, Finger Paints Get Real-ism!

China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze, Finger Paints Get Real-ism!

This is a simple look but I enjoyed it. Again, I used scotch tape to get a nice, crisp diagonal line when painting Crushed Candy over Get Real-ism!

The top picture of this mani (with flash) actually captures some of the duochrome flash in Get Real-ism - SCORE! The bottom pic isn't very good but it shows the colors in more natural lighting. Just for reference.

Regarding scotch tape manis: I've *just* began playing with them and they are so much fun! All credit/blame ;) for my scotch tape mani experimentation/obsession goes to the AMAZING Jane at Nailside. She is a GENIUS at creating stunning nail art using only scotch tape! On her blog, you'll also find that she's created some sweet tutorials to guide you through different versions of her scotch tape manis step-by-step! I had never tried using scotch tape before stumbling on Jane's blog recently but now I'm hooked! If you haven't visited Nailside, I encourage you to check it out, I think you'll really enjoy!

Oh! Almost forgot - why isn't my China Glaze Crushed Candy in it's original bottle, you ask? A messy story...

I was shaking it before my mani as normal (rolling crackles to get them thoroughly mixed would take me forever and I don't experience bubbling from shaking - I don't get bubbling from shaking ANY polish, that is, not just crackles - bubbling issues signal something else for me, e.g. excessively thick coats, base coat doesn't play well with color, and so on), when the handle suddenly broke off in my hand!

Some spilled but I saved the majority by dumping it into an empty, clean Sally Hansen Nail Prisms bottle I had nearby! YAY! So... maybe shaking and me are not compatible regardless of bubbles?! :-S

* The product(s) in this post were purchased by me.

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